Hedon

Join in VE Day Activities from the safety of your home – Friday 8 May 2020

TRIBUTES will be paid on Friday 8 May from this generation to those of the Second World War generation who gave so much service and sacrifice during those turbulent times from 1939 – 1945. And, from the safety of your home, it is hoped that you will join in with the activities.

IN HEDON: Hedon households are asked to stage their own #StayHome parties and decorate your homes to the patriotic themes. Many homes in the town are already wonderfully decorated with rainbows and other colourful signs of support for our healthcare and other essential workers, so the addition of the VE Day theme should make for some wonderful sights around town.

There is a competition in Hedon for the best-dressed house which is being judged by the Mayor Councillor Colin Billany – if you are planning a #StayHome house or garden party then via email townclerk@hedon.gov.uk let the Mayor know (he’ll be out and about and willing to come along to help celebrate VE day from a safe distance).

At 2.00pm those of you on Facebook, you can join the Hedon and District Royal British Legion Club on Facebook Live for a sing-a-long and other music with Cherie Lawrence and Martyn. Visit: www.facebook.com/HedonAndDistrictRoyalBritishLegionClub/

NATIONAL EVENTS:

As well as the Hedon Celebration, the country as a whole will be marking the occasion. The Royal British Legion nationally has listed the itinerary.

  • At 11am on Friday 8 May, there will be a poignant two-minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
  • At 2.45pm BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe, which he made from 10 Downing Street on 8 May 1945.
  • 3pm SAFA the Armed Forces Charity would like to encourage everyone throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to stand together and raise a glass of the refreshment of their choice and undertake the ’Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II’ in tribute to the millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. “To those who gave so much, we thank you,”
  • 9:00pm: Her Majesty the Queen who will speak to the nation at 9.00pm – the exact time her father spoke to the nation three-quarters of a century ago.
  • Following the Queen’s Speech there will be a National Singalong to the World War II favourite – which under present circumstances is even more iconic – “We’ll Meet Again!”:

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again 
Some sunny day

Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies chase
Those dark clouds far away
And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again
Some sunny day

And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again
Some sunny day

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